Upgrading your central heating system is perhaps not the most exciting purchase you’ll make all year, but as far as the sustainability of your household goes, it’s certainly a smart investment. Ageing boilers can cause headaches for their owners, costly to run and even more expensive to repair. For this reason, it’s important not to delay your decision to buy a new boiler when the time approaches.
But how do you know when your boiler is in need of replacement? Here are five key signs to look out for:
1. Rising Energy Costs
Your energy consumption can vary from month to month, depending on the season. However, if you’ve noticed a steady increase in your bills (or a nasty shock!) of late, don’t be too quick to blame your family for long showers and turning up the heating. As your boiler gets older, its efficiency declines, meaning you spend more money to keep your home warm and your water hot!
2. Unreliable Performance
Regular breakdowns and faulty functionality are signs that your boiler is coming to the end of its lifespan. Whilst in the short-term, fixing your central heating system may be a cheaper option, long-term it’s far more cost-effective to upgrade your boiler to an efficient and reliable model.
3. Rising maintenance Costs
The older your boiler gets, the more difficult and expensive it becomes to source parts. Whether you’ve noticed the cost of your annual service shoot up, or you’ve faced a hefty bill to fix your central heating system, it’s a sign that your unit is becoming outdated. So next time your boiler breaks or needs a service, it may be better to invest in a new model instead.
4. Cool Water or Radiators
Inefficient boilers must work harder to generate the same amount of heat as newer heating systems. Over time, they may struggle to maintain temperatures at the same levels you once took for granted. If you’re feeling the chill this winter, or your shower is a little lukewarm, your old boiler could be to blame.
5. Banging and Gurgling Noises
Is your boiler keeping you up at night with weird and wonderful noises? It shouldn’t be. Kettling noises can indicate problems with your heating system, and could mean that the heat exchanger, pump or fan have come to the end of their lifespan. Don’t just put up with the racket – call out a heating engineer to give you a professional opinion.
You may not relish the prospect of buying a new boiler, but everyone can relate to the benefits they bring. Leave it too late, and you could be left with an emergency on your hands if your boiler breaks down or you experience a gas leak. The sooner you upgrade your boiler, the sooner you can take advantage of lower bills, a warmer household, and a quiet, reliable heating system.
Once you replace your boiler you will realise the hassle of it not functioning properly really isn’t worth it!
This article was written by Kelly Gilmour-Grassam with useful information from WD Heating. You can follow Kelly on Twitter on @KellyGGrassam.